Tornadoes and Downtown Areas

Downtown Nashville, TN

People who live in Nashville, TN, Ft. Worth, TX, Salt Lake City, UT, Oklahoma City, OK, and now Atlanta, GA know that tornadoes do hit downtown areas.  Many people were injured and shaken emotionally when a F2 tornado touched down around 3:30 PM on April 16, 1998 in downtown Nashville.  Most of the buildings in the picture above suffered minor damage.  The most common damage was blown-out windows. 
  The tornado strengthened to an F3 when it moved on into east Nashville.  One person died- a Vanderbilt student who was pinned to the ground by a tree while trying to take cover.  As a result of the events of April 16, 1998, Nashville now has a tornado warning siren alert system in place for people who might be outside in harms way unable to receive warnings through radio and TV.

Above is the satellite view of the storm which produced the downtown tornado.
Photo from NOAA
Another Tornado almost touched down in  downtown Nashville on February 5, 2008.